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CBI summons Bengal Minister in Narada sting case

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The has summoned veteran leader and Rural Development Minister for questioning in the Narada sting case.

Mukherjee, however, told the that he needed "reasonable time" before he could visit the office.

"Mukherjee was in Digha (in East Midnapore district for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's administrative meeting). He came to know there that they (CBI) have suddenly called him. He has no intention of not going to the He will go whenever he is called, but he has sought reasonable time," his lawyer said.

was among a dozen leaders allegedly caught on video tape while receiving money in exchange for a promise to dole out favours to a fictitious company.

The clipping was uploaded on the Narada news portal in March last year ahead of the assembly elections in

The Calcutta High Court ordered a preliminary inquiry into the case on March 17, and asked the agency to submit the report within 72 hours.

The moved the Supreme Court, which extended the deadline for the preliminary probe to one month.

On April 17, the filed an FIR against a dozen senior leaders, including former and current state ministers, MPs, and an MLA, besides an Indian Police Service officer.

Among others named in the First Information Report are Vice President and Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha members Sougata Roy, Kakali Ghosh Dastidar, Aparupa Poddar, and Prasun Banerjee.

Also featuring in the list are state ministers Firhad Hakim, Suvendu Adhikari, city Mayor and state Minister Sovan Chatterjee, legislator Iqbal Ahmed, and former minister Madan Mitra apart from IPS officer S.M.H. Mirza.

The accused have been charged with criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 22:56 IST
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